It’s Adopt A Dog Month! We’re definitely happy to not just shine a light on all the adoptable dogs out there, but also share some tips about the process. Here, a Fayetteville, NC vet discusses bringing Fido into your home.

Decision Time

Are you considering adopting a pup? Think it over carefully It is a big decision, as you’re signing on for years of dog ownership. Make sure that you’re ready, willing, and able to care for Fido for the rest of his life.

Choosing Your Pup

Some people know exactly what kind of dog they want, right down to colors and breed. Others have looser expectations. No matter which camp you fall into, you’ll want to spend time with Fido before deciding. There are lots of things to think about, including your potential pup’s age, size, and activity levels. If you have other pets, you’ll need to consider them as well.

Shelter Dogs

October is also Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. If you’re ready for a new pet, please consider giving a shelter pup a second chance at a happily-ever-after. There are far too many sweet, lovable pooches in shelters, desperately hoping someone will adopt them. Going through a shelter also has several benefits. You may find it’s a great option for your budget. You’ll also be able to choose your new pet from a lineup of adorable faces.

Settling In

Going to a new home is a huge change for Man’s Best Friend. Fido will need a few days to get a feel for his new home, a few weeks to start adjusting, and a few months to completely settle in. One of the first things on the agenda should be introducing Fido to his new doctor. Use this time to get some specific advice on your new pup’s diet and care needs.
Get your pooch started out on his new routine for walks, meals, and playtime right away. It’s also important to be consistent. Don’t punish your dog for mishaps: just work on addressing any bad habits by focusing on positive reinforcement.

Tail Wags

You’re starting out on a very beautiful journey with Fido. However, that friendship needs time to grow. Make sure he feels loved and safe. Treats, toys, walks, and playtime will all help you get that tail going.

Please contact us, your Fayetteville, NC animal clinic, anytime. We’re here for you!